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ORB to pay more than $700,000 for alleged oil spills

BATON ROUGE, La. (Legal Newsline) – ORB Exploration LLC (ORB) will pay more than $700,000 in penalties and costs to settle allegations it violated the Clean Water Act and state environmental laws due to three crude oil spills.

La. AG's antitrust suit against Pfizer relying on private attorneys, campaign donors

BATON ROUGE, La. (Legal Newsline) – The Louisiana Attorney General’s Office has again hired a list of political allies for help with an antitrust lawsuit brought against Pfizer which mirrors similar actions taken against several other pharmaceutical companies.

Louisiana files suit against Pfizer for 'sham' patent lawsuits

The State of Louisiana filed suit against a drug supplier over allegations the company intentionally looked to block less expensive generic versions of one of its drugs.

Plaintiffs attorneys say La. SC justice they donated $775K to shouldn't recuse himself from legacy lawsuits

NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) – A group of plaintiffs’ attorneys who helped bankroll the election of Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Jeff Hughes are opposing a motion to recuse him from their cases currently being considered by the state’s high court.

Louisiana files suit against makers of blood thinner medication

The State of Louisiana filed suit against a pharmaceutical partnership for falsely advertising a prescription drug's effectiveness.

AstraZeneca sued by Louisiana claiming it created a monopoly over a drug

The State of Louisiana is suing the maker of a congestive heart failure medication over allegations that the company prevented generic versions of the drug from going to the market.

GSK accuses La. AG Caldwell of attempting to pursue case that was already settled

NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) – Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline is attempting to have an antitrust lawsuit filed by the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office last December thrown out claiming it is a copycat of a similar class action lawsuit settled in 2013.

Louisiana joins multi-state lawsuit against Affordable Care Act

Louisiana has joined five other states in a lawsuit against President Obama over the Affordable Care Act, Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell said on Wednesday. Caldwell said that he filed an amicus brief supporting the U.S. House of Representatives’ lawsuit, House of Representatives v. Burwell, which alleges Obama illegally implemented Obamacare.

Louisiana AG sues GSK, says it ‘schemed’ to stop generic versions of Flonase

NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) - Louisiana Attorney General James “Buddy” Caldwell has filed a lawsuit in state court against the maker of the prescription nasal spray Flonase for allegedly scheming to keep generic versions of the drug off the market.

Prominent plaintiffs attorney backs BP’s bid to remove Claims Administrator Patrick Juneau

NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) -  As the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit hears arguments concerning BP’s attempt to remove Deepwater Horizon Claims Administrator Patrick Juneau, prominent plaintiffs’ attorney Daniel Becnel says he backs the oil giant’s position.

La. U.S. Senate race still tight; Ernst has six-point lead in one Iowa poll

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – With only five weeks to go until the general election, no candidate in the Louisiana U.S. Senate race has pulled away from the other, though the Republican in the Iowa U.S. Senate race has opened a six-point lead.

La. U.S. Senate race: Cassidy publicly criticizes Landrieu for aiding keg stand

BATON ROUGE, La. (Legal Newsline) – A widely circulated photo of Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu assisting a Louisiana State University fan with a keg stand has prompted her chief rival to openly criticize her.

BP spokesman tells environmental journalists they got it wrong

NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) – In a speech given to the Society for Environmental Journalists on Wednesday, BP spokesman Geoff Morrell told the group that he was discouraged by speculative reporting that took place during and after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill regarding the impact the spill would have on the environment.

BP says claims administrator is biased, seeks his removal


La. U.S. Senate race: Candidate promises to 'pop the door off the hinges' if elected

HOUMA, La. (Legal Newsline) - If elected, a Republican U.S. Senate candidate is promising to "pop the door off the hinges" of his Washington office.

Louisiana AG announces recovery of $8.5 million from Watson Pharmaceuticals

BATON ROUGE, La. (Legal Newsline) - Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell announced an $8.5 million settlement Tuesday with Watson Pharmaceuticals Inc. to resolve allegations of fraudulent drug pricing.

Louisiana AG announces recovery of $45 million from GSK

BATON ROUGE, La. (Legal Newsline) - Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell announced Friday that the state of Louisiana would receive $45 million from GlaxoSmithKline, a British healthcare company, to resolve allegations of Medicaid fraud and deceptive marketing.

UPS delivery driver will get nearly $1 million, La. SC rules

NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) -- The Louisiana Supreme Court has reinstated a nearly $1 million judgment against the state of Louisiana for injuries a UPS delivery driver sustained while maneuvering a loaded dolly into an elevator.

La. SC makes ruling in case brought by alleged father over child's death

BATON ROUTE, La. (Legal Newsline) - The Louisiana Supreme Court has found that an alleged biological father had the right to bring a wrongful death and survival action for his illegitimate child, after finding the father had sufficiently avowed the child under Louisiana's "fact-pleading system."

Depakote settlement finalized with Abbott Laboratories

Cuccinelli ABINGDON, Va. (Legal Newsline) - Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli announced the approval of a $1.5 billion settlement on Tuesday with Abbott Laboratories to resolve allegations of the unlawful promotion of the prescription drug Depakote.